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A Concise Introduction to Linguistics

4th Edition

By Bruce M. Rowe, Diane P. Levine


432 pages

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Provides a linguistic foundation for students of all majors

Assisted by numerous pedagogical aids, A Concise Introduction to Linguistics, 4/e explains all concepts in a systematic way making complex linguistic topics as easy to learn as possible. This introductory title covers the core topics of linguistics, providing the information and concepts that will allow students to understand more detailed and advanced treatments of linguistics. This student-friendly and well-balanced overview of the field of introductory linguistics pays special attention to linguistic anthropology and reveals the main contributions of linguistics to the study of human communication and how issues of culture are relevant. Its workbook format contains well-constructed exercises in every chapter that allow students to practice key concepts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Nature of Communication

Chapter 2. The Phonological Component: Phonetics

Chapter 3. The Phonological Component: Phonology

Chapter 4. The Morphological Component

Chapter 5. Syntax

Chapter 6. Semantics and Pragmatics

Chapter 7. Sociolinguistics and Linguistic Anthropology

Chapter 8. Language Acquisition

Chapter 9. Sign Language

Chapter 10. Writing Systems

Chapter 11. Nonverbal Communication

Chapter 12. Historical Linguistics

About the Authors


Diane P Levine

Woodland Hills, CA, United States

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Bruce M. Rowe is a professor of anthropology at Los Angeles Pierce College, where he has taught since 1970. He designed the college’s first linguistics course for students majoring or minoring in linguistics, anthropology, education, English, Interpreting for the Deaf, and communications studies, and for those fulfilling a general education requirement. Professor Rowe also teaches physical and cultural anthropology as well as sociology. In addition to A Concise Introduction to Linguistics, he has co-authored ten editions of Physical Anthropology, two editions of Physical Anthropology: The Core, and physical anthropology study guides and workbooks (all with Philip L. Stein). Professor Rowe has authored four editions of The College Survival Guide: Hints and References to Aid College Students and The College Awareness Guide: What Students Need to Know to Succeed in College. He has received numerous awards for teaching. He is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges.

Diane P. Levine is a professor of anthropology at Los Angeles Pierce College, where she teaches cultural and physical anthropology, as well as linguistics. She is the chair of the Department of Anthropological and Geographical Sciences As a former teacher of English and ESL, she has written articles on the use of literature in the ESL classroom and presented seminars on critical thinking in the language arts classroom. Professor Levine is on the advisory boards for Annual Editions: Anthropology and is also a national advisor for the film series Cultural Anthropology: Our Diverse World. She is a member of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General

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